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LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The University of Los Angeles College of Divinity (ULACD) basketball team, led by one of California's most successful high school and college coaches, Michael Miller, posted the second-best record in the nation of any four-year college over the last four years.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Church of Scientology Copenhagen is celebrating its fifth anniversary in its new home in the heart of the city. Meet staff and parishioners in an episode of "Destination: Scientology" and learn what makes their city so special and how these qualities resonate with the city's Scientologists.
A Month of Community Celebrations at the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles Wraps up with Memorial Day Event
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- With its purpose to serve as a home for the entire community, the Church of Scientology Los Angeles makes holidays special for local families. And May has been no exception. A Memorial Day festival Monday May 30 at the Church will round out a month of special activities.
In honor of International Day of Light, the Scientology Network features impact of light on the work of artists featured in...
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- In honor of International Day of Light, the Scientology Network features the impact of light on the work of artists featured in three episodes of the original series "Meet a Scientologist." UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, sets aside May 16 as International Day of Light.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Published May 9, 1950, "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health" burst onto the scene, creating an international phenomenon that continues to this day. And it was only two years later that L. Ron Hubbard founded Scientology, the world's youngest major religion.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On World Press Freedom Day May 3, the Church of Scientology emphasizes that with freedom must come responsibility. The Church of Scientology International publishes a booklet to clarify religious freedom and its ramifications in today's troubled world.
72 Years Ago: Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard and the Magazine Article That Inspired International Movement
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- 72 years ago, an article in Astounding Science Fiction hit the newsstands in April and set the stage for the explosive launch of "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health," which rolled out in May.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Church of Scientology Los Angeles hosted a family fun day April 17 to make the holiday memorable for local families. L. Ron Hubbard Way was filled with music and laughter with some 5,000 guests from across Los Angeles joining parishioners and staff of the Church of Scientology for a joyful Easter celebration.
City and State Officials join Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of L. Ron Hubbard Way in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- State and city officials joined Scientologists, friends and community leaders from across Los Angeles in East Hollywood April 9 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the dedication of L. Ron Hubbard Way, named for the Founder of the Scientology religion. City and state officials who took part in the original dedication were among the crowd celebrating the milestone.
Voices of Humanity: If the Slave Trade Was Abolished, Why Do an Estimated 40 Million Still Live in Slavery?
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- March 25 was International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Churches of Scientology mark this day by raising awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And with good reason.
How a Scientology Volunteer Minister Jan-Maarten Kruij and a Christian Priest Worked Together to Help Uganda
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- At an open house at the Church of Scientology Amsterdam earlier this month, held in commemoration of World Civil Defense Day, Volunteer Minister Jan-Maarten Kruijt introduced those attending to the Scientology Volunteer Ministers program. He shared how he and a Christian priest worked together to help Uganda communities overcome challenges and increase sustainability.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- With its reputation as a hub for the entire community, the Church of Scientology of the Valley looks forward to helping neighbors turn the post-COVID new normal into "flourish and prosper." The Church of Scientology of the Valley is featured in an episode of "Destination Scientology."
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard once wrote, "I like to help others and count it as my greatest pleasure in life to see a person free himself of the shadows which darken his days." In honor of L. Ron Hubbard's birthday, March 13, you are invited to watch a film on the Scientology Network that may very well change your life.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- In honor of International Women's Day, Scientology Network is proud to present a marathon of shows featuring extraordinary women from diverse cultures and nations. First observed in 1911, International Women's Day is commemorated annually on March 8.
Photographer Christy Lee Rogers is One Reason You May Love to Immerse Yourself in the Scientology Network
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Featured this week on the Scientology Network, photographer Christy Lee Rogers creates breathtaking photographic works of art using her own unique underwater technique. In a melding of baroque aesthetic with modern technology, Rogers created her own genre.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Scientology Volunteer Ministers from Ecuador are working with rescue workers and cleanup crews to help the city recover. The worst downpour in nearly two decades unleashed a landslide on Quito's La Gasca and La Comuna neighborhoods January 31 to February 1.
For World Interfaith Harmony Week, Scientologists Support Human Fraternity This Week and Throughout the Year
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Scientology Churches are active and committed supporters of interfaith action and the right of all people to practice their own religious beliefs. This week is World Interfaith Harmony Week and the 2nd anniversary of International Day of Human Fraternity.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Last weekend, Shincheonji Church of Jesus (SCJ) hosted a virtual "Shincheonji Americas Press Conference" as a response to the growing interest of pastors and religious communities regarding their recently successful seminars. For the past few months, Shincheonji Church has produced Bible seminars surrounding the book of Revelation titled, "The Testimony on the Prophecy and Fulfillment of Revelation."
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- An episode of "Voices for Humanity" on the Scientology Network documents the work of Rev. Fred Shaw, international spokesperson for Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) and vice president of the Inglewood/South Bay chapter of NAACP.
On Holocaust Remembrance Day 2022, Honor Those Who Risked Their Lives to Save Others, with Two Great Documentary Films
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Each year, the United Nations sets aside January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This day marks the liberation in 1945 of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps where between 1.1 and 1.5 million people died, most of them Jews. But while we remember those who perished in the Holocaust, let us also honor those who put their own lives on the line to rescue thousands destined for that fate.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Scientology Network's Documentary Showcase marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day by airing "Big Sonia" and "Gottfried Helnwein and the Dreaming Child." The UN set aside January 27, the anniversary of the 1945 liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Scientology Network: How One Man Helps Imbue His Country of Costa Rica with a Culture of Human Rights
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- In an episode of "Voices for Humanity" on the Scientology Network, Braulio Vargas exposes a hidden side of Costa Rica with an eye-opening account of the problems plaguing many of its citizens - from human trafficking to homelessness. His work is raising awareness of human rights and creating change across the nation.
Starting the Year Right With a Book to Help Bring Happiness: watch book-on-film on the Scientology Network
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Avoid the pitfalls that can derail those New Year's resolutions by adopting the common-sense moral code contained in "The Way to Happiness." Watch "The Way to Happiness" book-on-film on the Scientology Network.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- A popular holiday celebration dating to 16th century Mexico graced the streets of East Hollywood for the first time this year. The music and traditional costumes of Oaxaca transformed L. Ron Hubbard Way in East Hollywood in a procession that was a melding of two cultures.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- As 100,000 lights mark another holiday season and transform Saint Hill Castle and grounds into an enchanted kingdom, the Church of Scientology invites one and all to experience the magic of Saint hill in an episode of "Inside Scientology" on the Scientology Network.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- In celebration of Human Rights Day 2021, the Church of Scientology International shares the story of brother and sister team Sandra and Felipe Poveda who inspired a culture of human rights in one of the most violent regions on Earth. Their story unfolds on "Voices for Humanity," featured on the Scientology Network.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- "Equality," the theme for Human Rights Day 2021, is a goal that informs the work of Youth for Human Rights Mexico President Raúl Arias and his team of activists. The Church of Scientology International shares his episode of Voices for Humanity on the Scientology Network in honor of the 73rd anniversary of United Nations adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- As Human Rights Day 2021 approaches, the Church of Scientology International shares the work of human rights activists featured on the Scientology Network. Mary Shuttleworth, featured in an episode of "Voices for Humanity," founded Youth for Human Rights International in 2001.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Just last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced more than 100,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States during the 12-month period ending April 2021. The Church of Scientology International urges concerned parents, educators and community leaders to take action against the "other pandemic" with drug education and prevention.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Curious about Scientology? Set aside November 21, World Television Day, to explore the Scientology Network, learn about the world's youngest major religion and answer the question 'What is Scientology?' for yourself.
Bullying Prevention Month 2021: Rock for Human Rights (R4HR) Says Tackling Bullying is a Matter of Life and Death
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Bullying is a serious, often life-threatening issue. For Bullying Prevention Month, the Church of Scientology International shares the story of a humanitarian who found a simple way to change the culture of bullying to one of compassion. Rock for Human Rights (R4HR) launched its "30 Days-30 Rights" human rights school concert tour across America.
California Crypto Church giving away 1,500 lbs. of cannabis HEMP to boost membership and launch ART NFTs
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This isn't your normal church bake sale, more like "Baked Sale." Temple420.org tries a unique membership drive method. Hoping that people would gravitate towards their message of hope in the End Times and join the organization less than 100 people subscribed to their YouTube channel. The for-profit church has yet to sell many NFTs as hoped. Now, they are trying gifting cannabis to new members.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- "I think it is the church's job to look out for our follower's spiritual and financial well-being during this challenging time of global upheaval and Let's Go Brandon! Temple 420 shares what we sincerely think and hopefully, the lives of people who listen to us are better for it," says Temple 420 founder Craig X Rubin.
Temple 420, a cannabis sanctuary, allegedly censored on social media after Joe Rogan posts Freedom speech to Twitter
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The only known church Joe Rogan attended as an adult suddenly experienced censorship after he posted a Freedom video to Twitter. "Joe was at the physical Temple twice before attending the very first service with Eddie Bravo and Kevin Booth," said founder Craig X Rubin. "Having only 23 followers on YouTube we didn't expect to be censored. We're not sure if it has something to do with us mentioning Joe, or just a sign of the times."
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has once again affirmed the rights of Scientologists in Russia to practice their religion based on Article 9 of the ECHR Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, announced the Church of Scientology International.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually September 15-October 15 to honor the history, culture and contribution of American citizens and residents whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. And what better way to do so than with a visit to the Scientology Network on DIRECTV Channel 320, streaming on Scientology.tv, mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On International Day of Peace, September 21, a full day of programming on the Scientology Network showcases solutions to create a more peaceful world. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights calls on those who cherish freedom to "strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms."
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- With the CDC reporting overdose deaths up 30 percent in 2020, the Church of Scientology International reaches out with vital information anyone may use to take effective action at home and in their communities. Effective drug education is more urgent now than ever. Because the best time to end drug abuse is before it begins.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- World Humanitarian Day, August 19, "recognizes the efforts of aid workers who put their lives on the line to help affected people during times of global crisis." With the number and severity of natural disasters escalating and a pandemic that continues to surge, World Humanitarian Day takes on entirely new dimensions. The Church of Scientology International extends thanks to numerous orgs.
For the Betterment of Their Communities, Extending the Broad Reach of Scientology-Sponsored Humanitarian Initiatives
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Church of Scientology has long sponsored programs for the betterment of their communities and the world at large. These focus on eradicating social ills: from drug abuse and addiction to rampant violation of human rights and the lack of a moral compass that breeds corruption and crime.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Scientologists across America took a stand against drug abuse and crime August 3 by joining local law enforcement and nonprofit organizations to make National Night Out 2021 special for their communities. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and raises awareness about crime and drug prevention.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Church of Scientology International extends an invitation to people of goodwill to join Scientology Churches and Missions in support of International Day of Friendship, a United Nations initiative that promotes "friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals" and seeks to "inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities."
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Protecting the most basic human right of all, the right to life, South Africa's Scientology Volunteer Ministers continue to serve Mandela's beloved country. Mandela Day commemorates the birthday of Nelson Mandela "in recognition of the former South African President's contribution to the culture of peace and freedom."
For UN World Youth Skills Day, Free Online Courses in 18 Languages Can Help Mentors Equip Youth for Success
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- For UN World Youth Skills Day, celebrated July 15, the Church of Scientology International provides skills training resources for mentors, nonprofits and community programs to help youth improve their ability to learn new skills and survive in today's competitive and challenging world. These are available free of charge on the Scientology website at Scientology.org/courses.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Established July 4, by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, the Founding Church of Scientology in Washington, D.C., holds a unique place in the history of the Scientology religion. It was inaugurated blocks from the White House and served as the first fully formed center of Scientology training and religious counseling.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- This weekend on International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, and throughout the year, the Church of Scientology International and Scientologists help youth make the self-determined decision to live drug-free. Why? Because drug prevention works. And it saves young lives.
Scientology Volunteer Ministers in Mexico Honored for Their Help at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mexico Scientologists and their families were honored for their service to Catholic church officials and parishioners with a special Mass at the Iglesia Santa Maria de Guadalupe Capuchinas, part of the complex of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.
Scientology Volunteer Ministers provide Help to the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, an Island in Need
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- For 16 days, a team of Scientology Volunteer Ministers from Florida, arranged by the Freewinds, the Church of Scientology religious retreat, came to the aid of the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Meet a Scientologist: ‘Restore Our Earth’ is the Theme of Earth Day 2021 and the Passion and Way of Life of...
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Scientology Network's "Meet a Scientologist" television series celebrates the work of agricultural engineer Peter Vajda, the Church of Scientology International announced today. For Vajda, this year's Earth Day theme, "Restore Our Earth," is a passion and way of life as it focuses attention on regenerating the world's ecosystems through natural processes, emerging green technologies and innovative thinking.
Danville Congregational Church Chosen Best Place of Worship 2020 by East Bay Times Reader’s Choice Awards
DANVILLE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Danville Congregational Church (DCC) today announced that it was named "Best Place of Worship" for 2020-2021 by the East Bay Times Reader's Choice Awards. The church also received that honor from East Bay Times readers for 2019-2020. This latest recognition will appear in a supplement to be published with the Sunday, June 28 edition of the East Bay Times.
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